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Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary

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Address: 1 Nature Pl, McKinney, TX 75069-8840
Phone Number: 972-562-5566
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Sun 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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Nature Reserve, garden, hiking trails and nature center provides an escape...

Nature Reserve, garden, hiking trails and nature center provides an escape to nature.

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Dinosaur exhibition

Took our Grandson to see the Dinosaur Exhibit at Heard Museum. It was outdoors along the nature trials. They had lots of signs to watch out for poison ivy, but I think that was... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Kent M
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Tuscola, Illinois
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Tuscola, Illinois
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74 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Took our Grandson to see the Dinosaur Exhibit at Heard Museum. It was outdoors along the nature trials. They had lots of signs to watch out for poison ivy, but I think that was to keep you on the trials. They also have some animals and a butterfly house.

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Thank Kent M
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The grounds are clean and the guides are friendly. Great hiking trails. The weather in the area is normally very nice. Lots of shade to stay cool. August is pretty hot but the rest of the year is great!

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Thank Jeri H
Allen, Texas
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7 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Took my grandkids here to see the butterfly exhibit. They loved this place, especially the pioneer village. This is a great place for kids to explore and play!

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Thank dotcooks
McKinney, Texas
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25 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Heard in MCKinney is a nice place to take children's. The best time to go is when they have the dinosaurs they look so real. My grandchildren love it. Also they have little houses that looks like log home from old times. The children are able to go in and play. There are live animals there as well. Trails to... More 

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Thank Prsnprncss
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2016

Lot's of interesting displays and animals and birds. Our 7 year old Granddaughter really liked it, especially the Dinosaur area. She immediately identified the dinosaur hanging form the ceiling in one room.

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Thank Glenn C
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2016 via mobile

A great place to go for a walk through a natural Texas wetland. Lots of different trails and a nice little museum and gift shop. This is not a Perot class museum. The preserve and trails are a local treasure in the north Texas suburban desert.

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Thank Robert B
McKinney, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2016

Great place! We purchased a family membership- that way we can go for an hour and not feel guilty if the kids are done. The hikes are fun, especially by the water; we always see animals and enjoy the flowers. When hiking, wear bug repellent on legs and midsection- once, only once, we got chiggers walking through the wildflower path.... More 

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Thank lemondrop2013
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2016 via mobile

This place is awesome!! The kids all loved it so much from the animals displayed to the walking trails to the talk about Texas animals, it was great. We also had lunch outside at the picnic tables and this is always fun too!! I was a little sad the butterfly garden wasn't open when we went, but hope to see... More 

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Thank Mary C
McKinney, Texas
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2016

The Heard Natural Science Museum and Wildlife Sanctuary is located just East of McKinney and not far from downtown. It has some pretty cool exhibits, but it is very small and there are not a lot of animals. That being said, the acreage is a really cool place to walk around or take a short hike with the family. The... More 

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Thank Clint C
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2016

We have had a membership here for the last 4 years and I cannot say enough good things about The Heard. My boys are 3 & 5 and we go almost daily in the spring and fall. We've also been to the indoor part when it's raining and thoroughly enjoyed just looking at the exhibits with fossils and skeletons and... More 

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